If there is one place that kids and adults enjoy with equal fervour and joy, it is waterfalls. Any state with a reasonable number of waterfalls becomes an important tourist destination, especially during the summer seasons. Karnataka is no exception to this rule. The state is rated as one of the most beautiful places in the country, due to its excellent tourism sites. Waterfalls of the state are common places that see heavy rush during all seasons. Kids and adults take bath in these falls to their heart’s content and get a sense of relief when cool water pours on their bodies. Some waterfalls offer lots of entertainment activities at their base where the water collects into a pool. Boating is a common activity that is enjoyed by almost all the tourists who come to Karnataka.

Most of these waterfalls are surrounded by a wonderful canopy of forests, which play perfect hosts to some great varieties of flora and fauna. Also, these places are abodes of migratory birds that come here during particular seasons. Located in remote areas amidst lush greenery everywhere, these falls not only provide great visuals, but also help in the development of flora, fauna, birds and aquatic species in their respective areas.

These waterfalls contribute heavily to the tourism department of the state, as they witness tourists all through the year. Some of the famous waterfalls here are Irupu Falls, Jog Falls, Shivanasamudra Falls, Chunchi Falls, Sangama & Mekedatu Falls, Muthyala Maduvu, Abbey Falls, Chelavara Falls, Mallali Falls, Bennehole Falls, Unchalli Falls, Hebbe Falls, Kallathi or Kalahasti Falls, Manikyadhara Falls, Arisina Gundi Falls, Kudumari Falls, Hidlumane Falls, Koosalli Falls, Balmuri & Edumuri Falls, Chunchanakatte Falls, Hanuman Gundi Falls, Kadambi Falls, Sirimane Falls, Ambutheertha, Achakanya Falls, Barkana Falls, Jogi Gundi, Jomlu Theertha, Kudlu Theertha, and Onakke Abbi Falls. If you want to visit these waterfalls, you should come to Karnataka and visit places like Udupi, Coorg, Bangalore, Mysore, Kemmanagudi, Murudeshwar and Sringeri.

Famous Waterfalls in the State

Jog Falls

This is an important tourist destination, not only in the state, but also in India. These falls are visited all through the year for their beauty and majestic flow of milky-white water. Located in the Shimoga district, Jog Falls can be easily accessed from other famous places like Bangalore, Hubli, Murudeshwar and the like. The height of these falls is 253m and it is formed on the Sharavati River. The water that flows into a depth of 253m is classified into four main falls. They are named as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket.

Iruppu Falls

This is yet another beautiful waterfall in Karnataka. It is located at just about 20km away from the famous Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary. These falls are known as Lakshmana Theertha, because as per legend, these falls were formed as a result of an arrow shot by Lord Lakshman into the Brahmagiri Hills. The height of these falls is 170feet. At the base of these falls, there is a famous Rameshwara temple. It is believed that the main Shiva Linga here was installed by Lord Ram himself. All these religiously significant facts make these falls an excellent tourist-cum picnic spot.


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